Courts in Iowa
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Iowa's courts include District Courts, the Court of Appeals, and the Iowa Supreme Court. Iowa's 99 counties are divided into 8 districts, each having a District Court that handles the majority of cases, including small claims, juvenile, mental health, violation of city/county ordinance, criminal, probate, domestic relations, and general civil cases. If you appeal a District Court decision in Iowa, it will be reviewed by the Iowa Court of Appeals. The Iowa Supreme Court is the state's highest court and hears appellate court appeals.

If you're seeking information regarding Iowa court records, you can visit, Iowa's online docket record search website. This website provides information including case titles, a list of filings, and child support and fine payments, as well as a copy of the court docket. Additional information, including case schedules, exhibit lists, bonds, and lien indexes is available for an additional $25 monthly charge. Copies of Iowa court documents aren't found on this website. If you're seeking copies of Iowa state court records, you'll need to contact the clerk of court office for the county in which the records are held.
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20, Dec 2014 - Tama, IA Defense for Tama County man questions jury pool selection process
TOLEDO — A murder trial in Tama County was continued this week to allow the defense time to investigate the process of how jurors are summoned for jury duty and if the process somehow hindered Native Americans from being in the jury pool. Tom Gaul, attorney with the Iowa Public Defender’s Special Defense Unit, argued Tuesday that his client Dustin Jefferson , charged with first-degree murder, is ...
20, Dec 2014 - Iowa’s court system going paperless
Sometime in 2015 every Iowa county will require private attorneys, county attorneys, pro se litigants, law enforcement, Department of Corrections, clerk of courts, judges and probation, parole and juvenile officials to electronically file court documents using the judicial branch’s Electronic Document Management System. Currently, approximately 66 percent of Iowa counties have converted fully to ...
20, Dec 2014 - Sioux, IA Sioux Mother to Return to Court in Latest Fight for Her Abused Sons
On Friday, November 21 another hearing is scheduled in the Iowa District Court in Plymouth County in an interstate custody showdown that has sparked national outrage among tribe...
20, Dec 2014 - Judge bans company from selling to Iowans
The company has also been told to give refunds to customers who request them.
20, Dec 2014 - Sioux, IA Northwest Iowa developer pleads guilty to mishandling asbestos
SIOUX CITY | A Sioux City area developer who knowingly mishandled asbestos during demolition of a former YMCA building faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, officials say.
20, Dec 2014 - Des Moines, IA Law Enforcement Urge Congress to Renew Women in Prison Prevention Program
DES MOINES, Iowa – Twenty-seven law enforcement leaders joined activists from the group, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, at the Des Moines Police Department Thursday to urge the public to support renewal of a program funding home visits by trained nurses to mothers in poverty. The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program provides federal funding to state agencies for nurses to ...
20, Dec 2014 - Cedar Rapids, IA Two attorneys nominated to fill district judge vacancy
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids attorney and an Iowa City attorney were selected Wednesday by the 6th Judicial District Nominating Commission as nominees to replace Judge Nancy Baumgartner who will retire at the end of December. The nominees, Christopher Bruns of Cedar Rapids, and Chad Kepros of North Liberty, will be forwarded to Gov. Terry Branstad, who will appoint one as the next district ...
20, Dec 2014 - Tama, IA Trial proceedings begin in Tama slaying case
Trial proceedings have begun in Iowa for a man charged with first-degree murder in connection with the 2013 death of his wife.
20, Dec 2014 - Tama, IA Double homicide trial in Iowa set to begin
The trial of a man charged with killing his parents with a machete in Iowa is set to begin.
19, Dec 2014 - Iowa, IA Iowa man requests new trial in Nebraska woman's fatal shooting
The Sioux City Journal reports that the attorney for Raymond Gonzales Jr. filed the motion Wednesday. The attorney says problems with the trial include jury misconduct and a verdict not supported by s
19, Dec 2014 - Iowa Court: VoIPs must be taxed same as phone companies
The Iowa Supreme Court says companies that provide phone service through the Internet must be taxed the same as traditional telephone service providers.
19, Dec 2014 - Federal judge rules Iowa flag law unconstitutional
Iowa federal judge: State laws that forbid desecration of the U.S. flag are unconstitutional.                
19, Dec 2014 - Cedar Rapids, IA Iowa child protective services worker accused of hitting 2 kids
Court records show 38-year-old Virginia Jones faces charges of assault and assault causing bodily injury.
19, Dec 2014 - Monona, IA Mapleton, Iowa, woman gets probation for fatal crash
A 45-year-old western Iowa woman has been sentenced for a crash that killed her uncle.
19, Dec 2014 - Company told to stop selling products in Iowa
An Iowa judge has barred a Las Vegas-based company from selling health and nutrition-related products to state residents.
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